Configuring a new management cluster on a logical UCP system

Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Advisor Software Installation Guide

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Logical UCP is used to define an appliance that manages Hitachi storage systems without an accompanying appliance. Create a new logical UCP management cluster using the Service Console OVA, configure the network settings, and then launch the Service Console in a web browser to complete the UCP Advisor setup. This workflow also deploys vCenter to your environment.

  1. Prepare a system or a laptop that meets the following requirements:
    • Hitachi storage system
    • 400 GB of free disk space
    • 4 CPUs and 24 GB of CPU memory (minimum)
    • VMware Workstation 16 Player is installed (available at
    • User account with administration rights (Dual Access)
    • The laptop is connected to the management switch.
    • Verify that the SOL settings on the compute nodes are enabled. See "Enabling SOL settings on ESXi server" in Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Advisor Administration Guide.
  2. Prepare your environment for deploying the Service Console VM to a new management cluster:
    • All nodes
      • Important: For a logical UCP solution, ensure that at least one node satisfies the following conditions:
        • The node is not part of either a vCenter cluster or a VDS port group.
        • A minimum of two VM NICs are physically connected.
        • A datastore is created with a minimum free disk space of 600 GB.
      • The BMC and ESXi usernames and passwords for all nodes are set to the following Hitachi-provided default values:
        • BMC Username: admin
        • ESXi Username: root
        • BMC and ESXi Password (default): Hitachi_supplied_default_password
      • All nodes are assigned an IPv4 address in the specified subnet range and they are reachable for autodiscovery.
    • Management nodes
      • The Hitachi-provided UCP installer ESXi 8.0u2 image is installed on the customer-supplied management nodes.
      • All management nodes are upgraded to the firmware versions listed in Supported compute nodes.
        Note: For existing DS120 and DS220 nodes, Hitachi recommends that you install the certified UCP installer ESXi image on a SATADOM disk.
    • Other
      • A UCP Advisor Gateway VM must be deployed for each logical UCP system.
      • The NTP server is reachable.
      • Both physical NICs are configured identically (the VLAN ID, for example) for migrating hosts from standard switches to distributed virtual switches.
      • The VDS port group (VLAN ID) for the UCPA management VMS and management port group are the same for UCP Advisor deployment.
      • Verify if this step is applicable: The minimum datastore requirement is available in the datacenter where UCP Advisor is to be deployed.
  1. Download the UCP Advisor Installation Media from Hitachi Vantara Support to a local directory.
    1. Log on to Hitachi Support Connect Portal using your credentials.
    2. On the Software Download tab, select UCP Advisor.
    3. From the Versions list, select version 4.5.0.
    4. Locate and then download the 9.5 GB UCP Advisor Installation Media file to a local directory on your laptop, and then unzip its contents.
    5. Locate and then download the UCP Advisor VMware Image file to a local directory on your laptop.
      Note: You can also download the latest vCenter VCSA image VMware-VCSA-all-8.0.2-22385739 from
  2. Log on to the vSphere Client and then navigate to the management cluster where you want to deploy UCP Advisor.

    Navigate to management cluster

  3. Right-click the management cluster, and then select Deploy OVF Template.

    Right-click management cluster

  4. Select the Local file option, and then click Upload Files.

    Click Upload Files

  5. Browse to the local directory where you unzipped the UCP Advisor Installation Media file, and then select: Software/Hitachi-UCPAdvisor-ServiceConsole-4.5.0.ova. Click Open.
  6. Verify the selected file, and then click Next.

    Verify the selected file and click Next

  7. Enter a unique name for the virtual machine, or accept the default name. The target location is selected by default. Click Next.

    Verify the VM name

  8. The compute resource is selected by default. Click Next.

    The compute resource is selected by default

  9. Review the deployment details, and then click Next.
    Note: Ignore the certificate warning messages.

    Review details

  10. From Select virtual disk format, select Thin Provision, and then select the datastore for deployment. Ensure that the datastore that you select has sufficient free space for the deployment. Click Next.

    Select Thin Provision

  11. Select the VM network for your management cluster. Click Next.

    Select the VM network

  12. Customize the following settings for the Service Console VM, and then click Next:

    Fill out the form

    IP Address
    The IPv4 address for the Service Console VM.
    The IPv4 netmask address.
    The Gateway IPv4 for the Service Console VM.
    The host name for the Service Console VM.
    DNS Servers (optional)
    The IPv4 addresses for the domain name servers.
    NTP Server (optional)
    The URL or IP address to an NTP server.
    ucpadmin user password
    The password for the Service Console VM. This is the ucpadmin VM user password and it is different from the password that is used to launch the Service Console VM.
    Note: You can use this password when you log on to SSH as a root user.
  13. Review the deployment summary, and then click Finish. You can monitor the deployment status on the Tasks page (Menu > Tasks).

    Here you get the summary

  14. Power on the new Service Console VM, wait approximately 10 minutes for the services to come up, and then verify that the VM is reachable over the network.

    Power on the VM

  15. Mount the vCenter VSCA image on the Service Console VM:
    1. Copy the UCP Advisor VMware Image file that you downloaded in step 1.e to the /home/VCSA_INSTALLER/ directory.
    2. Using SSH, log on to the Service Console VM as ucpadmin.
    3. Navigate to the /home/VCSA_INSTALLER/ directory.
    4. Run the as a sudo user. Enter:
      sudo ./

      Enter the sudo user password when prompted.

      The script takes about 10 minutes to complete.

    5. Enter the VCSA.iso file name when prompted.
    6. Verify that the VCSA image was successfully mounted. You should see a Mount successful message after running the script.
  16. In a web browser, enter the IP address for the Service Console.

    Enter IP address into web browser

  17. Log on to the Service Console using the following default credentials: